Switchover from air conditioning
With the cooler weather now upon us, Facilities is beginning the process of shutting down the campus chill water plant. While there is still a chance for a few warm days, this process takes several weeks and must be completed ahead of freezing temperatures. Air conditioning will no longer be available in the following buildings: Old Dana, Bolton Hall, Palamountain Hall, Tisch Learning Center, Barrett Center, Howe-Rounds, Wait Hall, Jonsson Tower, Case Center, Ladd Hall, Scribner Library and JKB Theater.
Tang Live: Art & Imagination in Activism
A conversation about art and imagination in activism will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, through the Tang Instagram account. Tang public programming intern Peris Tushabe ’21 and local artists and activists Daesha Devón Harris and Kim Harris will discuss the intersections of the siblings’ art and activism, with particular attention to Kim’s recent mural commemorating the life of Darryl Mount; and Malchijah Hoskins ’22, member of the Skidmore Government Association, the Tang Student Advisory Council and the social justice collective Pass the Mic, will talk about the role of imagination and creativity in activism and protest culture.
"Never Done" Artist Talk with Sonya Clark
Sonya Clark, a textile and social practice artist known for using hair, combs, beads and other everyday materials to explore history, race, culture and class, will join “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond" co-curators Rachel Seligman and Minita Sanghvi for a Zoom conversation at noon Friday, Oct. 16. Clark’s work is on view in the exhibition. Register for the talk in advance.
Faculty roundtable on teaching during the pandemic
The Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning is hosting virtual roundtables for faculty to share their successes, challenges and questions about different modes of teaching during the pandemic. A discussion on in-person teaching will be led by Kate Graney at noon Friday, Oct. 16, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 970 4438 7705 and passcode: 395323).
The Career Development Center is hosting the 11th annual Career Jam, Skidmore’s largest professional networking event of the year, virtually through Friday, Oct. 16. Students have access to an entire week of programming, with each day focused on a specific career community. Included are unique opportunities to interact with parents and alumni at organizations such as Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Bristol Myers Squibb, Warner Brothers, Santander Bank, the Office of Michelle Obama and many more. See the full schedule of events.
Celebration Weekend will take place virtually this year, offering programming on Oct. 16 and 17, as well as several options available at leisure. Many campus partners are making this year’s event possible. For more information about programming and registration, visit the Celebration Weekend website.
Award-winning CBS producer to speak at Religious Studies event
Liz Kineke, former executive producer of CBS Religion and a Wilbur Award winner, will speak at a Religious Studies event, "Religion is Always in the Room," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, via Zoom.
Double Feature Under the Stars: "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" & “ah, Teng”
MDOCS will present an encore screening of the new documentary film "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, outside the Tang tent, followed by a screening of “ah, Teng,” a poetic documentary by Shana Kleiner ’20 set in a house in suburban New Jersey where Teng Teng, a mother of two daughters, has stage four breast cancer. “ah Teng” will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with Kleiner. Registration is required through SkidSync.
An Evening with Kevin Young
Kevin Young, author, poet and poetry editor at The New Yorker, will hold a live, hourlong reading and conversation with the Skidmore community at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, as part of a virtual residency with the Black Studies Program and English Department at Skidmore. Young is the editor of the new anthology, "African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song," which is scheduled for release on Oct. 20. He has just been named the next director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. For more information and to register, visit the event website. The event is part of Skidmore's Racial Justice Initiative and sponsors include Skidmore's Arts Administration Program, the Black Studies Program, the English Department and the Office of Alumni Relations & College Events.
Skidmore Encore presents “Pandemic Impacts"
The popular lecture series Skidmore Encore will be presented live online in two 45-minute webinars each Tuesday from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10. Next week’s theme is “Pandemic Impacts.” On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Associate Professor of Education Studies Hope Casto will consider “Reflections on the Role of Schools in the U.S.: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Forced Us to Understand about American Public Schools” from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and Professor of Economics Joerg Bibow will discuss “The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic” from noon to 12:45 p.m. The program is free for Skidmore students, faculty, staff and the College’s retirees. Visit the Skidmore Encore webpage to register.
“SHIFT” online exhibit and artist talks
SHIFT shows how a small group of documentarians adapted and created despite and because of the global challenges of 2020. See first-hand the stunning and diverse works that came from the individuals and teams that made up the first ever virtual MDOCS Stoytellers’ Institute, as well as works created collaboratively using innovative online tools and some more traditional forms of communication. The exhibit is open online, and artist talks will be hosted via Instagram at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22. The Oct. 15 talk will be hosted by filmmakers Shalon Buskirk, Haley Hnatuk and Drew Swedberg. For more information, visit the SHIFT website.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month programs
Throughout October, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend in-person events centered on education, action and healing. Activities include painting pumpkins purple for domestic violence awareness, transforming how we think about relationships through an Escalation Workshop and exploring the mind-body connection with a trauma-sensitive yoga class series. Participation is limited for these events, so check out SkidSync to learn more and RSVP. For more information, contact Gabriela Melillo, Title IX deputy coordinator for student affairs.
Great Pumpkin Challenge
Scribner Library's annual Great Pumpkin Challenge presents an opportunity to take a break from the middle-of-fall grind to craft or carve your best literary-themed pumpkin. Remote participants are welcome. Entries are due by 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. To register for the contest, fill out this form.
Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) 2021
The Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning would like to hear from faculty and staff who are interested in leading a Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) group for a one-week winter camp or during the spring 2021 semester. The goal of the SCE Work Group is to create a supportive community of scholars and practitioners through the sharing of writing, research and creative portfolios. To express interest or for more information, contact Kristie A. Ford.
2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute announces open call for student fellows
Documentarians, artists and storytellers are invited to apply to the 2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute, a fully funded residency for Skidmore students in creative nonfiction. Be inspired by and receive mentorship from renowned artists, be part of an exciting intellectual community and receive dedicated time and support to make creative work. This year’s theme, Co-Creation: Delights, Discontents, and Dislocations, will address the ways in which makers work with each other, institutions and communities to make engaging work; and the new importance and challenges of collaboration during the pandemic. Applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit the website.
Virtual events can be added to college calendar
Review these instructions for adding virtual events to the college’s master calendar or contact Megan Bove, scheduling and event coordinator, for assistance.
Student Academic Services space open for use
Student Academic Services, on the lower level of Starbuck Center, is open for quiet study and computer use from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Sign up in advance.
OCSE Travel Seminars
The Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges invites individual faculty, faculty teams or faculty and staff teams to submit proposals for short-term, faculty-led travel seminars for January, March or summer 2022. Proposals are due to OCSE by Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact Emily Gaul or Cori Filson.
During the Skidmore Shop’s online Celebration Weekend sale Oct. 16-18, shoppers can enjoy 15% off all branded items.
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